Post # 1
Hello bees! I’m newly engaged (planning a short engagement) and Fiance and I have talked about trying for a baby sometime within the next 6 to 8 months. I’m curious if any of you had a preconception plan to get ready for TTC.
For example, I know I need to cut back on caffeine, see my doctor about my prescription meds, start prenatal vitamins and keep up with my exercise regimen. I’ve also read that you should go off BC pills and wait a couple of months for regular ovulation cycles to begin.
I’m probably overthinking this because I’m so excited, but do you have any advice?
Post # 3
I’m kind of in the preconception phase right now… I got off BC 1 1/2 months ago to prepare. I’m also working out regularly and taking prenatal vitamins. We’re not going to try for probably another 5-6 months, but if it happened by accident in that time it wouldn’t be a big deal. My next step is finding a new OBGYN (I just went to a regular gynecologist before) and doing a preconception visit. And probably a visit to the dentist and make sure I’m up to date on vaccinations. That’s about it. Oh, and reading a couple of books on TTC / pregnancy. I’ll be interested to see what others say!
Post # 4
Not at all haha! Surprise both times.
Post # 5
The only thing I did was started taking prenatals about 6 months before I went off the pill.
Post # 6
It’s going to take me a while to prepare, because I am on a medication to regulate my cholesterol and I have to go off that first and make sure it is out of my system before we TTC. I also want to be on prenatals…other than that when we decide we are ready, it’s go time!
Post # 7
I started taking prenatal’s as soon as I knew we were going to be trying later that year. I also started taking some supplements and changed a few things in my lifestyle – like switching to organic toothpaste/deodorant/etc.
Post # 8
Our preconception plan was to get married and start trying right away. Which we did. I wasn’t on BC pills to begin with and was about as healthy as I could possibly be, so we were ready from the get-go.
Good luck and congrats on your engagement!
Post # 9
We sort of planned like me taking prenatals and working out. The working out kind of fell to the wayside recently. I just went to my OB/GYN yesterday. We’re trying right now. She just said to make sure to take my vitamins, be careful with caffeine, focus on working out, and have fun especially since it can take on average 8 months to conceive. Even with my weight gain, she didn’t seem too worried about us conceiving in the near future.
Also, enjoy planning your wedding and being engaged. Really embrace that before you embark on possible parenthood before marriage.
Post # 10
Good question! I’m not TTC just yet but I had a question that kind of relates.. Can you chart while on BC? In terms of temps/CP/EWCM or is that a really silly question coz you don’t actually ovulate and your AF is regulated to come on time? Sorry if it’s silly!
Post # 11
i haven’t even started trying yet (not till Jan) but i have been prepping since June (and we thought we would start in May so almost a year). the march of dimes highly encourages this mostly due to the fact that general health these days is not ideal and it takes some time for vitamins tobuild up in your system and to get to healthy weight and regulate hormones, track your menstral cycle. these are the books i reccomend:
Taking Charge of Your fertility
What to expect Before youre expecting
the fertility diet
and i also loved listening to the free voice america wellness concieve onlin podcasts. they have some really good ones on preconception. here is a link: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/29474/preconception-tips
best of luck to you.
Post # 12
Nope. We’re having a surprise baby.
Honestly, just go with the flow. If we wouldn’t have had an oops baby, our plan would have been to go off BC and have lots of sex. lol. I don’t see the point in over-thinking/over-planning unless you have some sort of health problem that would require it or you forsee a fertility issue.